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Report: RHP Hendriks traded back from Royals to Blue Jays
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Royals have traded right-hander Liam Hendriks to the Blue Jays, per Fox Sports, which is further reporting that they are expected to receive a catcher in return.

Hendriks opened the year with Toronto before getting shipped off to Kansas City in July. He did not perform well for either team and finished the year with a 1-2 record and 5.23 ERA.

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Royals Jeremy Guthrie gets the loss in Game 7
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie picked up the loss Wednesday in Game 7 against the Giants.

Guthrie allowed three runs on four hits over 3 1/3 innings. He struck out three and did not issue any walks during the performance. Manager Ned Yost had a quick hook with the season on the line, leading to Guthrie getting pulled despite a low pitch count. After putting two men on base to start the fourth, Guthrie was replaced by Kelvin Herrera. Herrera would allow a run-scoring single to Michael Morse. That run would be charged to Guthrie, ultimately sticking him with the loss. 

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Giants' Tim Hudson gets the quick hook in Game 7
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Giants pitcher Tim Hudson got the quick hook Wednesday in Game 7 against the Royals.

Hudson lasted just 1 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits. He struck out one and walked one during the outing. Manager Bruce Bochy had a quick hook with the season on line, and pulled Hudson at the first sign of trouble. With the game tied 2-2, Hudson was pulled after giving up a single to Alcides Escobar. He threw 28 pitches during the outing. 

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Giants' Madison Bumgarner caps World Series with save
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner capped off his dominant postseason run with a five inning save in Game 7 of the World Series.

Bumgarner came on in relief and was masterful. Pitching on just two days rest, Bumgarner was able to go five innings, giving up just two hits. He struck out four while throwing 68 pitches. Though Bumgarner wasn't technically the pitcher of record, the official scorer decided to give him the win. The ruling was later changed to give Bumgarner the save and Jeremy Affeldt the win. Bumgarner was named World Series MVP for his performance. 

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Red Sox to target Pablo Sandoval, Chase Headley
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Red Sox will target Pablo Sandoval and Chase Headley this offseason, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Both players are set to be free-agents, though both could opt to remain in their current organizations. Boston would have interest in Aramis Ramirez if he's made available, but it's believed Ramirez will stay with Milwaukee. Will Middlebrooks hit just .191 over 215 injury-riddled at-bats last season. 

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Reds sent Neftali Soto to Triple-A
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Reds have outrighted infielder Neftali Soto to Triple-A Wednesday.

The move frees up a spot on the team's 40-man roster. Soto received just 30 at-bats in the majors. He hit .100. 

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Angels' Tony Campana elects free agency
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Angels outfielder Tony Campana has elected free agency, according to SBNation.

Campana was outrighted by the club, but declined the assignment. He'll look to hook on with another team during the offseason. Campana hit .187 over 75 at-bats last year. 

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Orioles outright Evan Meek to Triple-A
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Orioles have outrighted pitcher Evan Meek to Triple-A, according to MASN.

The move frees up a spot on the team's 40-man roster. Meek posted a 5.79 ERA over 23 1/3 innings last season. 

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Justin Smoak expects to renegotiate deal with Blue Jays
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak expects the club to decline his option, according to Sportsnet. 

Smoak is owed $3.65 million next season, but believes Toronto will decline that deal. The two sides will then renegotiate a new figure for the upcoming season. Smoak hit .202/.275/.339 over 248 at-bats with Seattle last season. 

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Mets pitcher Vic Black good to go
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Mets pitcher Vic Black is good to go, according to the Star-Ledger

Black was sidelined late in the year due to neck and shoulder issues, but is expected to have a normal offseason. He'll be able to resume throwing next month, and said his shoulder feels "great."

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